On Wednesday, Riot Games revealed the New VALUING map, fracture as well as new content that players can unlock in the Episode 3, Act 2: Reflection Battle Pass, and fans are eager to discover the unique characteristics of Fracture that will surely bring an interesting approach from a competitive point of view. But did you know that the gameplay of Fracture is inspired by the iconic Battle of Helm’s Deep by JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings?
Adding Fracture brings the total number of cards to VALUING to Seven. Asked for inspiration, one of the Riot developers mentioned one of the most iconic battles in movie history, the Battle of Helm’s Deep, from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
Fracture brings a unique twist to the way attackers and defenders appear, making some interesting changes to the way matches start.
Instead of the typical attackers and defenders appearing on opposite sides of the map, Fracture features an H-shaped layout, where defenders appear in the center and attackers appear on either side of the map.
In a press release, Joe Lansford, VALUING Level Designer, explained how the design of Fracture is inspired by the Battle of Helm’s Deep from The Lord of the Rings.
“I took at least some of my inspiration from the Battle of Helm’s Deep. As the orcs smash down the gates, Aragorn and Theoden (and the remaining squadzinho) set out to meet them. ‘Now for anger, now for the ruin and the Red Dawn! ‘ Gandalf and the Cavaliers of Rohan hurtle down the mountain on the other side. When you’re on defense and Players A and B push to knock over tables and nip attackers instead, it always reminds me of that moment. “
It would be interesting to see how this new map layout gives players a unique gaming experience that previous maps couldn’t, and hopefully we have some epic moments that remind us of the iconic The Lord of the Rings battle. If you miss watching this epic battle, check out our guide to where you can watch Peter Jackson movies here.
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The fracture will add to VALUING when the update to Episode 3, Act 2 launches on September 8.
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